SICILIAN MARINERS

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Title: SICILIAN MARINERS
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7
Incipit: 56543 45654 35567
Key: D Major
Source: Sicilian melody; The European Magazine and London Review, 1792;Tattersall's Improved Psalmody, 1794;Anonymous European folksong tune
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

SICILIAN MARINERS is traditionally used for the Roman Catholic Marian hymn "O Sanctissima." According to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison. The tune probably traveled from Italy to Germany to England, where The European Magazine and London Review first published it in 1792. The tune was associated with the German Christmas carol "O du Frohliche, O du Selige." The tune also appears to have had an influence on the African American song “We Shall Overcome.”

SICILIAN MARINERS is a bar-form tune (AAB) with a florid soprano line and an active harmonization. Sing it either vigorously or reflectively; singing rather deliberately will increase the hymn's dignity. A traditional version of the tune includes dotted rhythms, which encourage a more meditative approach to singing.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Published By: Church Publishing (2010) pp. 57, 83
  • Sunday Morning Organist Volume 3: Hymn Accompaniments and Reharmonizations
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    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2009) pp. 72
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 5: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 503 - 573
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 545
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 5: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 503 - 573
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 545
  • 150 Last Verse Harmonies: For Use with the Hymn Books of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Other Free Churches
    Composer/Editor Richard Lloyd
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 127
  • The Art of Hymn Playing 2nd edition: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
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  • Two Hundred One Hymn Tune Prelude Miniatures
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  • Twenty-five Hymn Reharmonizations
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    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001) pp. 197
  • Hymn Intonations Preludes & Free Harmonizations Volume XI: 25 Harmonizations and Descants
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    Published By: Selah Publishing Company, Inc. (2000) pp. 24
  • The Creative Use of the Organ in Worship
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  • Hymn Intonations for Organ: Harmonizations and Intonations for Congregational Singing
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Organ Solo

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  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 38: General: Saint Peter - Son
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Piano and Organ Duet

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Piano Solo

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  • Piano Transcriptions of Your Favorite Christmas Carols
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Instruments: Organ or Piano

  • Christmas Music Chapel Voluntaries Book Six: For Organ, Harmonium or Piano
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    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company (1948) pp. 26

Voices: Organ and Voice

  • Christmas Songs and Carols: All Organs -- Advanced
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    Published By: Thomas Music Company (1969) pp. 32

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